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Choosing the right coffee tables

Whether you're looking to make wholesale changes to your home's interior or simply want to shake things up a little without breaking the bank, coffee tables can often be the ideal interior design solution. With so much choice available out there, we have decided to take a look at just what you need to keep in mind before you buy.

Location, location, location!

The key thing to keep in mind before you go looking at coffee tables is where exactly you are going to position it within the room. While most homes these days use the television as the focal point for their living room, a well placed coffee table with the rest of the furniture organised around it can make a huge difference to how the room looks and feels.

It's important to take detailed measurements of the space you are planning on buying the table for, as well as the furniture you are going to keep within the space.

Once you have an idea of the dimensions of the area and the space available to you, you'll be able to narrow down the options available to you on the coffee table front.

Use negative space

If you live in a relatively small home, making good use of negative, or empty, space can really give the illusion of size. By positioning your coffee table parallel to your couch, you are immediately losing a large amount of space, so you want to ensure that there's enough room to comfortably walk around the table without feeling cramped.

A possible storage solution?

These days, many people opt to use their coffee table for the secondary purpose of storage. If this is a concern for you, then we recommend looking at tables which offer drawers or substantial storage space beneath the actual table top.

These kind of coffee tables are readily available, and can make a huge difference to the level of clutter built up in the living room thanks to multiple remote controls, video game console controllers, DVDs and magazines.

It's all about the style

Finally, when looking at coffee tables you need to take the existing style of the room into consideration. There's no point buying a table that won't compliment your pre-existing furniture.

Many younger home owners opt for more modern looking tables, which means straight lines and sharp edges accompanied by a darker finish, while those with families often choose something in pine or oak, to add warmth to the room and make it feel more homely.

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